The concept behind heat that is provided through flooring is not in any way new, yet the most current developments have gone onto pave the way for options that are more environmentally friendly.
While you are still building a home, a decision that you will never regret would be to install underfloor heating. Generally, underfloor heating happens to be a highly economical method to heat your house, as it reaches every room. Unlike having to use individual heating devices, underfloor heating offers heat from under each floor in your office or your home.
When using water in order to heat your floors, this technique is called hydronic heating, and the only difference from the traditional electrical heating system is the water.
When it comes to water heating, an installation of pipes below the tiles or floorboards connect to a water heater which will then circulate the warmed water through your home. It is easy-to-use and simple, ensuring that your office or home stays warm throughout the chilly winter months.
How Does A Water Underfloor Heating System Work?
With the water-based underfloor heating systems, pipes will connect to a water heater. The warm water is then circulated throughout the floors which heat up each room. Other methods include connecting the underfloor pipes to a ground or air source heat pump or to a solar water-heating system. The pipes are connected to the heat source with the use of a manifold.
For larger systems, more pipes are required and the manifold also becomes more complex. The system will also feature a thermostat so that you can regulate and change the temperature accordingly. WarmFloors Ltd also install In-Screed Water Underfloor Heating.
What To Expect From A Water Underfloor Heating Installation
Unlike the use of electric ready-to-roll underfloor mats, the water underfloor systems will require an installation that is carried out by professional plumbers or building contractors. The process is a lot more complex, with a number of tests that need to be carried out and plumbing connections. In addition, the floor has to be properly insulated and prepared to ensure the system operates efficiently. The other factor has to do with having sufficient space in order to accommodate the piping, which may require elevating your floor level.
For this reason, it is always a better option to install this type of underfloor heating that uses water in new builds, where adjustments can be considered in the planning stages.
What Temperature Should Your Water Underfloor Heating Be?
The water underfloor-heating systems usually run at water temperatures that are lower when compared to radiators. This is usually between 27 to 31°C, yet your exact temperature will have to do with the flooring that is covering it. If your system was installed in the screed (which is typically used for keeping these systems in place as well as ensuring the floor surfaces are even), the temperature of the water needs to increase. Yet this once again will be dependent on the screed amount and the flooring type.
The majority of the water underfloor-heating systems are installed with what is known as a mixing-valve, where you can lower or increase the temperature of the water to your desired setting. It will also mean that you can leave your boiler to run at the same temperature that you desire for the remainder of the home.
Water underfloor heating systems are usually a more energy efficient option to radiators and less expensive to operate. This has to do with heat that is emitted from underfloor systems will be distributed more evenly when compared to heat produced from a radiator, which allows the system to use lower temperatures.